If your mom or dad has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be a troubling time for everyone in the family. While your first feeling may be concern, you can take comfort in knowing that there is plenty of support out there for both you and your aging parent.
Create a Plan
To deal with this situation properly, it’s best that you create a workable plan for your parent’s future care. Speak with a social worker who is trained in Alzheimer’s care or to a support group to help you make a detailed checklist. It’s important to address your plan for what is to happen down the road. Make sure to involve the person with the disease in these conversations.
As mentioned earlier, there is a lot of support out there – it’s up to you to seek it out. Find a local support group of other caregivers of parents with Alzheimer’s disease. Your parent’s doctor or social worker, senior care communities, or the Alzheimer’s Association can give you a list of support groups you can access. By meeting people who are going through the same thing that you and your parent are, you can get ideas on what works, and what doesn’t, and be able to share your story.
Keep Track of Symptoms
It helps to keep a detailed record of your parent’s symptoms in order to better manage your parent’s medical care. Jot down any issues so you can bring these up at physician’s appointments.